This exhibition of 16 works focuses on Oppenheim’s Land and Body Art from the 1960s and ’70s and comprises video installations, such as ‘The Gingerbread Man’, 1970, and ‘Condensed 220 Yard Dash’, 1969; a range of mechanised sculpture, such as ‘Attempt to Raise Hell’, 1974, and ‘Theme for a Major Hit’, 1974; and large photo and text works which document seminal pieces, such as ‘Landslide’, 1968, ‘Saltflat’, 1969, and ‘Parallel Stress’, 1970. A video programme, documenting 65 works, provides an essential historical context to the exhibtion.
Born in California in 1938, Dennis Oppenheim is one of the key figures of American Conceptual Art of the last 50 years and is one of a small group of important artists, which included Walter de Maria, Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson, who took American Art out into the vast spaces of the West, away from the New York art scene and its galleries.
Dennis Oppenheim has completed many public art commissions in Europe and the US. He lives and works in New York.
The exhibition is curated by Brenda McParland. Head of Exhibitions, IMMA.
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